Briefs

Getting a boost

Santa Monica College has received a $2.1 million, two-year federal grant for a comprehensive pilot program targeting Asian American and Pacific Islander students with academic need and other low-income students. The two-year program, whose target is to serve 300 students, will include specialized tutoring, counseling, establishment of an... Read more →

News

Trees get a lot of love on Tree Hugging Day

PALISADES PARK — Marcy Miller rested her head gently on the California palm tree, tears welling in her eyes as she embraced the trunk, memories of her now deceased father, once a worker in a lumber yard, flooding back. “I have hugged trees before but it did not have the same impact,” she said. The environmentalist drove... Read more →

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A new way to spend money in Santa Monica

MAIN STREET — There’s a plethora of currencies traveling in the wallets of tourist-heavy Santa Monica, from dollars to euros to yen. Local business owner Janabai Amsden hopes to soon add a new type of exchange to the mix. The environmental advocate and owner of natural foods restaurant Euphoria Loves Rawvolution recently put... Read more →

City Council

New program to help financially troubled families

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of... Read more →

Briefs

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

CITYWIDE Don’t slip up The problem of falls is significant, and the Los Angeles County Department of Community and Senior Services wants to remind people to watch where they step during the annual Fall Prevention Awareness Week, which runs through Sept. 27. According to data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and... Read more →

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Never-ending story

Editor’s Note: One in a series of stories on the Santa Monica Police Department’s 66 cold case homicides. Some information has been withheld by the SMPD to protect the integrity of the investigation. PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — In a disheveled, abandoned apartment complex on Second Street near Wilshire Boulevard, 36-year-old... Read more →

Environment

Harnessing rain

Dear EarthTalk How can I make good use of the rainwater that runs down my roof and into my gutters? — Brian Smith, Nashua, NH For most of us, the rain that falls on our roof runs off into the ground or the sewer system. But if you’re motivated to save a little water and re-distribute it on your lawns or plants — or even... Read more →

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Water quality improves at the pier

SM BEACH — One of the most notoriously polluted beaches in the state has been seeing cleaner days. Frequently assigned a failing grade in Heal the Bay’s Weekly Beach Report Card, the water quality at the Santa Monica Pier has gradually improved in the nearly four months since the storm drain beneath it was upgraded, earning a B... Read more →

Education

House reduction a smooth transition — so far

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Nearly two weeks into the school year, there seems to be minimal issues in the reorganized House System at Santa Monica High School. That’s according to district officials who reported during the Board of Education meeting on Thursday that the controversial cost-cutting move to reduce the celebrated network of... Read more →

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Kids help protect the environment

SM BEACH — Forty screaming fourth graders, imitating everything from a great white shark to an octopus, raced across the sand at Muscle Beach next to the Santa Monica Pier. Flinging themselves at the feet of Heal the Bay volunteers, they tore open pouches containing food — animal figurines — or trash. The kids who found... Read more →